Herpesviridae

noun plural
Her·​pes·​vi·​ri·​dae | \ -ˈvir-ə-ˌdē How to pronounce Herpesviridae (audio) \

Medical Definition of Herpesviridae

: a family of double-stranded DNA viruses that consist of a spherical virion having the DNA contained in a central core surrounded by an icosahedral capsid, an amorphous layer of proteins, and an outer envelope consisting of a lipid bilayer and that include the cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus and the causative agents of chicken pox, equine coital exanthema, herpes simplex, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, infectious laryngotracheitis, malignant catarrhal fever, Marek's disease, pseudorabies, rhinopneumonitis, roseola infantum, and shingles — see simplexvirus, varicellovirus

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“Herpesviridae.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Herpesviridae. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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